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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

NANCY E. CARTER FAMILY LETTERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Nancy E. Carter of Charlottesville, Virginia, served in the Women's Army Auxliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Correspondence chiefly written by Nancy E. Carter from 1942 to 1992. Letters that Carter wrote between 1942 and 1944 while stationed in the Daytona Beach area in Florida and Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia contain detailed descriptions of her daily routine as a WAAC and a WAC. Specific subjects include inspections, parades, entertainment, and the army's reception of the WACs. This section also includes a detailed letter about a friend who was dishonorably discharged from the army allegedly because her father was a Communist. Carter wrote lengthy letters from France discussing her accommodations while in France, the reception of the WACs, the portrayal of WACs by the press, sightseeing in both Paris and London, USO shows, attending the opera and ballet, and shopping in Paris. Letters from 1948 to 1950, her second tour in Europe, include a few comments on the political situation in Europe, the integration of the WACs, and on post-war Germany.

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BIOGRAPHY

Nancy E. Carter, the daughter of Mr. W. F. and Mrs. Mildred Carter of Charlottesville, Virginia, joined the WAAC in the fall of 1942, and became a sergeant by 1943. Nancy attended basic training in Daytona Beach, Florida, and remained stationed in the area until 1944 when she was sent to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. In this same year Nancy joined the WAC. After a brief time in England in 1944, Nancy's regiment was sent to France where they were primarily stationed in Paris. During this period Nancy was awarded a bronze star. After she returned to the United States in 1946 she worked at Fort Dix in New Jersey. She went overseas again between 1948 and 1950, and spent part of this time in Germany. Upon her return she worked at Fort Monroe in Virginia. Her date of discharge is unknown but appears to be after the mid 1960s. By the 1970s Nancy had moved back to Charlottesville, Virginia.